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Mack to build postal trucks

September 03, 1998

Mack Trucks Inc. announced Wednesday it has been awarded a contract to build 416 vehicles for the U.S. Postal Service, with all of the truck engines being built in the company's Hagerstown plant.

Under the $29 million contract, the truck tractors, to be assembled at Mack plants in Macungie, Pa., and Winnsboro, S.C., are to be delivered to the Postal Service starting early next year.

It was not known what impact the deal would have on the Hagerstown plant, said Mack spokesman John Mies.

"I can't quantify it, but obviously it's new business," Mies said.

Mack, a subsidiary of the French firm Renault V.I., is one of North America's largest producers of heavy-duty trucks. Mack vehicles are sold and serviced in more than 65 countries worldwide.

The company makes diesel engines and transmissions at the plant at 13302 Pennsylvania Ave. Mack is Washington County's seventh-largest employer with 1,267 workers.

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The engines for the Postal Service vehicle will be rated at 300 horsepower and will include the company's electronic vehicle management system for maximum fuel efficiency, the company said.

Mack's diesel engines have been the center of a dispute between the company and federal regulators, who claim the company's trucks are releasing illegal levels of pollutants into the atmosphere.

Mies said the company and federal officials are continuing to work to reach an agreement in the matter.

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